bus, villas, mtd, isla vistaTropicana Villas is about 3 blocks to the UCSB campus and approximately 10 miles from Santa Barbara City College.


If you fly into the Santa Barbara Airport, to get to Tropicana Villas you can take the 11 bus to El Colegio. The leasing office is right at 6525 El Colegio Road. Or take a cab from the airport.

If you fly into LA the Santa Barbara Airbus makes 16 trips daily between its Goleta location and the LAX airport, while Roadrunner Shuttle offers door-to-door service to Santa Barbara, LAX and Burbank airports


We are a 5-minute bike ride to the beach, right in the middle of the student community of Isla Vista, home to many restaurants and small shops. Bring your bike or purchase one at one of the local bike shops or big box stores.


The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) offers convenient bus service from Isla Vista to downtown every half hour via the 24x express bus. The bus stop is located on El Colegio Road. For shopping and entertainment farther afield, or for Santa Barbara Airport transportation, MTD offers convenient bus service to shopping centers to the west, to downtown Santa Barbara, and from the local airport.


Tropicana Villas offers off-street parking for purchase. Rental cars are available locally, including Zipcars, which you can rent hourly.


Taxi service is available from Checker Cab, (805) 966-6666.


Amtrak service on the Pacific Starliner is available at the Goleta Amtrak station, a short 10 minute drive from Tropicana Villas. There is also the Santa Barbara Amtrak station which you can travel to by the 24x bus via the State Street trolley.


  • In addition to all the fun I had living at the Villas, something that I also think is important no matter where I live is customer service, and the relationship a tenant has with the property manager. Whenever I had a problem with anything, like the water not running right, or being locked out, there was always someone around or someone I could call to help me out, and they were always fast about it, which I really appreciated. Overall, living at the Villas was an awesome experience.

    - Annie J.

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  • We really had a welcoming, community feeling to our building which made it that much better to come back to every day after class or work. The Villas at Tropicana has really felt like a home to me and I can't wait to come back for another year.

    - Ashley J.

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  • I loved spending my senior year at UCSB in a nice apartment that was in Isla Vista but wasn't submersed in the party atmosphere.

    - Emeri K.

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